Hello and welcome to Five Figure Fridays! I’ll be your faithful correspondent from the bargain basement of upstate real estate. We’ll cover anything that gets your price of admission down below 100 large: a big wooded lot with an Airstream, a 3-season cabin, an off-grid retreat, or any of a wide array of handyman specials.
To kick off this new column, we have not one but 5 properties – all available for five figures. Depending on your financing, that’s less than $500 a month (plus taxes, insurance, maintenance, travel, etc. etc.).
Details and more pictures of each are after the jump. From highest to lowest:
First up, a rare bird: an affordable, presentable house within the 2-hour “golden circle” of driving time from NYC. Specifically, Google maps claims you’ll make it to this one in 1:53 from Park Slope (ahem). Nice woodwork, a cute front porch, a stainless steel fridge and a remarkably peach-colored whirlpool bath! Just $99k.
Next comes a 2-cottage property, one with 2BR and one with 1BR, plus garage. Backs right up on a pretty steep rise, so it doesn’t look like there’s much yard, but the stone around the patio is awfully cute. At $95k for both, you can share with a friend for only $47,500 each!
The Craigslist ad for this 3BR in Woodbourne called it “Arts & Crafts,” which might be stretching a bit, but this is a cute as a button cottage with some original woodwork and a fireplace. Grey wall-to-wall and a wonderful 70s tulip light fixture in the kitchen (don’t worry about the ceiling tiles falling down – that’ll fix right up). $74k.
Downtown in Pine Hill (the town the Trailways bus line is named after!) is a 3BR/2BA with a barn (workshop/2-car garage). Commercial zoning means an artist/craftsman could swing a live/work situation. The interior has gone crazy with paneling, which as a child of the 70s I appreciate. Just $69k.
Finally, the bargain of the week for those who don’t scare easy. A seasonal Smallwood cabin which, to put it gently, has some needs. It also has 3 bedrooms, a somewhat scenic creek, and an existing well – which could mean it’s winterizable. The realtor assures us that “Seller will consider all offers!” and will offer a $1k bonus if it’s sold by the end of the year – which brings the total to (drumroll) $28,900!
After the jump: links and stats for each, plus a big gallery with a bunch more photos. Happy bargain hunting.
275 Main Street, Pine Hill, NY (FreeStyle) GMAP
Asking Price: $69,900
Square Feet: 1,467
Year Built: 1900
Land: .17 acres
Features: 2 car garage/barn/workshop, commercial zoning
33 W. Read Ave., Smallwood, NY (Malek) GMAP
Asking Price: $29,900 (-$1,000 bonus for close before 12/30)
Square Feet: 743
Year Built: 1944
Features: almost limitless potential to improve your DIY skills